Hermeneutic Islamic Feminism: An Epistemiological Intellectual Approach

Proceedings of ‏The 2nd Global Conference on Women’s Studies

Year: 2021

DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.33422/2nd.womensconf.2021.06.327

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Hermeneutic Islamic Feminism: An Epistemiological Intellectual Approach

Sana Kadhim Qati



With the contemporary changes in the Islamic political intellectual arena, the phenomenon of Islamic feminism had a clear impact on it. opening a field for discussion. Feminist research focuses on how to produce knowledge and spread an alternative culture about women in general, that is, re-reading cultural history to form awareness to support the roles of women in confronting  Prevailing misconceptions.  Among the principles established in feminist research are almost two main issues: building alternative knowledge, and achieving social change, that is, attempts to review prevailing knowledge, that is to review the complex philosophical, social, cultural, and political structures of the sexual differences between men and women, and to the disclosure of the reasons for the absence and exclusion of women within the framework of power relations prevailing in society, so that feminist research contributes to building alternative knowledge that can affect a clear social change towards achieving social justice for women by confronting the intellectual, social and ideological structures based on the oppression of women and that entrench prejudices based on gender.  Islamic feminism relies on the necessity of having multiple connotations, one of which is awareness of the inequality in social relations between men and women with the presence of the will to change this asymmetry towards equality.   As well as a sign of protest against the conditions of women’s subordination and subordination and the oppression inflicted on them by the patriarchal society.  In addition to the critical significance, in not ceasing to thinking and criticizing everything that might highlight the discrimination between the sexes, so that unequal power prevails in bilateral relations with the authority of men in exchange for the subordination of women.  The importance of this topic stems from the necessity to add it to academic studies within the framework of gender studies in the Arab-Islamic world.  Our research looks at a set of important points, including 1- How did interpretive Islamic feminism become a research method that criticizes the traditional legacies in the societies of the Arab and Islamic world? 2- What are the steps of interpretive Islamic feminism to formulate an  Islamic epistemological theory that addresses women’s issues?  3- What are the methodological tools of Islamic feminism to be able to extract the rights of stolen women?  4- What are the most prominent intellectual principles of Islamic feminism, which constituted basic issues for her in formulating her epistemological theory?

Keywords: feminism, Hermeneutical, Islamic feminism, Cognitive theory.